Friday, February 26, 2021

Author Debbie De Louise in ROCCO's hotseat!

 

Meow! My guest today is author and blogger Debbie DeLouise!

 


Debbie De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Long Island Authors Group, and the Cat Writers’ Association. Her novels include the five books and three stories of the Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, a comedy novella, When Jack Trumps Ace, a paranormal romance, Cloudy Rainbow, and the standalone mysteries; Reason to Die, Sea Scope, and Memory Makers. Her latest book, Pet Posts: The Cat Chats is a non-fiction pet book. She lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and three cats.

 

Debbie’s stories and poetry also appear in the Red Penguin Collections, What Lies Beyond, 'Tis the Season, and Standout:The Best of the Red Penguin Collection, Volume I. Her poems are also featured in the Nassau County Voices In Verse 2020 anthology and the 2020 Bards Annual.

 

 


Welcome Debbie!

 

 R:  Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became interested in writing.

 

  1. It seems I’ve always been interested in writing. As a child, I loved to read and also make up stories. When I learned to write, my teachers told my parents they saw talent in my writing.

 

R:  Tell us about your latest release

 

  1. My latest release is Pet Posts: The Cat Chats. It’s my first non-fiction book featuring feline health, behavior, and other topics told from 4 of my cats’ points of view. It’s also the first book I’ve self published. My other books, including my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series and several standalone mysteries are published by two Indie publishers.

 

R: What do you hope readers will most take away from your writing?

 

  1. I hope that readers will relate to my characters and enjoy reading the mysteries in which they are involved. I hope that they are slightly surprised by the endings to my books but not shocked. I hope they find entertainment and enjoyable escapism from daily life within the pages of my novels.

R: What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?

4.     I write mostly mysteries, both cozies and traditional ones, but I’ve dabbled in several other genres – romance, science fiction, horror, fantasy, and now non-fiction.

R: What have you had published to-date? Do you have a favourite of your books or characters?

5.     I’ve published 10 full-length books, 5 of them are part of my Cobble Cove cozy mystery series, and a dozen or so short eBooks along with short stories in anthologies, and pet articles for online and print magazines. All my published works are listed on my website: https://debbiedelouise.com. Most of them are available as paperbacks and eBooks. The eBooks are free on Kindle Unlimited and only available through Amazon.com. I also have two books in audio, large type, and hardcover. My award-winning psychological mystery, Sea Scope, is also translated in Spanish.

R: What are you working on at the moment / next?

6.     I’ve just signed a contract with Next Chapter Publishing for a time-travel thriller called Time’s Relative that should be released this spring.  KittyKai’s Easter Mystery, another short Cobble Cove cozy mystery eBook for Solstice Publishing that has an Easter theme, will be released March 5th.




R: Are you a plotter or a pantser?

7.     I’m mostly a pantster, but I try to plot a little. When I do, I tend to deviate from any outlines I create as my characters take over and lead the way.

R: What do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks? :)

8.     No party tricks unless you call pulling my cats out of boxes – lol. I have been exercising to walking videos regularly and outdoors when the weather permits. I love to read, but I don’t have much time to do it while I’m writing. I also enjoy playing with my cats.

R: Where can we find out more about you and your work?

9.     I listed my website earlier. It’s https://debbiedelouise.com. I’m in the process of redesigning it. It also features my blog and newsletter sign up.

My cat character, Sneaky, from my Cobble Cove mysteries also has his own blog where he interviews pet characters from other mysteries and also hosts a column by my two real life cats. His blog can be found here: Sneaky the Library Cat’s blog: https://Sneakylibrarycat.wordpress.com

My other social media links are:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2bIHdaQ
All Author:
https://allauthor.com/author/debbiedelouise/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/debbie_writer/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbiedelouise/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debbie-de-louise

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/debbiedelouise

Debbie’s Character’s Chat Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/748912598599469/

 


R: You have also written several other books—tell us a bit about those. –

 

  1.  My Cobble Cove cozy mystery series began with A Stone’s Throw that introduced the main character, Alicia, who is a librarian like me. In the first book, her husband has been killed in a strange hit-and-run accident. She travels to his childhood hometown of Cobble Cove (a fictional, upstate New York town) to seek out people who may have known him and accepts a job there as a librarian. She then discovers a secret about her husband that reveals his death wasn’t an accident. As the series continues, Alicia becomes involved in other mysteries along with Sneaky, the Cobble Cove library cat.

 

In my latest book of the series, No Gravestone Unturned, published in October, Sneaky is aided by two other cats in helping Alicia solve a murder in the Cobble Cove graveyard. While Sneaky has been a silent cat in previous books and only leading Alicia to clues and helping her like a regular cat, in the two eBook stories following the 4th full-length book, Sneaky’s Christmas Mystery (the Cat Writers’ Association’s MUSE medallion winner) and Sneaky’s Summer Mystery, the readers became aware of Sneaky’s thoughts and that of the other pet characters in the series.

 

This past summer, I also published a medical thriller, Memory Makers, about a woman who volunteers for a clinical trial of a new memory drug hoping to recall the face of the man who kidnapped her and her sister as children and murdered her sister.

 

All my books usually include cats, if not in big roles, then in subplots. I sometimes feature other pets, too. There are two dogs in my Cobble Cove series, and I even feature a parrot in my thriller, Reason to Die, about the murders of handicapped people in a small town in Connecticut.

 

 Thank you for being a guest here, Debbie!  And for hosting our recent blog tour for HISS H FOR HOMICIDE! on your blog.

 

Giveaway time!

 

Debbie will acknowledge one lucky commenter in one of her next books and send that commenter a free copy of that book in eBook form when it’s published this spring.

 

To enter, leave your e-mail address along with a comment with your full name and choose one of the below titles that you would most like to read:

KittyKai’s Easter Mystery: A Cobble Cove Story (cozy mystery) or Time’s Relative (a time-travel thriller).

Entries without email will be disqualified.  Contest ends midnight EST , Sunday February 28th.


 

 

 

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

ROCCO's Fast Five with....JON LAND

 Jon Land, one of our favorite authors, has a new release!




Margaret Truman's Murder on the Metro, Jon Land's first thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series, Robert Brixton uncovers a sinister plot threatening millions of American lives!

"A roller coaster of a novel." —David Baldacci, New York Times bestselling author

Israel: A drone-based terrorist attack kills dozens on a sun-splashed beach in Caesarea.

Washington: America awakens to the shattering news that Vice President Stephanie Davenport has died of an apparent heart attack.

That same morning, a chance encounter on the Washington Metro results in international private investigator Robert Brixton thwarting an attempted terrorist bombing. Brixton has no reason to suspect that the three incidents have anything in common, until he’s contacted by Kendra Rendine, the Secret Service agent who headed up the vice president’s security detail. Rendine is convinced the vice president was murdered and needs Brixton’s investigative expertise to find out why.

In Israel, meanwhile, legendary anti-terrorist fighter Lia Ganz launches her own crusade against the perpetrators of that attack which nearly claimed the lives of her and granddaughter. Ganz’s trail will ultimately take her to Washington where she joins forces with Brixton to uncover an impossible link between the deadly attack on Caesarea and the attempted Metro bombing, as well as the death of the vice president.

The connection lies in the highest corridors of power in Washington where a deadly plot with unimaginable consequences has been hatched. With the clock ticking toward doomsday, Brixton and Ganz race against time to save millions of American lives who will otherwise become collateral damage to a conspiracy destined to change the United States forever.


"Margaret Truman’s Murder in the Metro is a spectacular international thriller of intrigue and conspiracy that I could . . . not . . . put . . . down." —Mark Greaney, New York Times bestselling author


We have to agree with the above reviews!  Land has once again crafted a spectacular thriller that will please fans of this series and keep readers on the edge of their seats!  A five paw read!!!!!!!!!

About the author:

Jon Land is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty books, over ten of which feature Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong. The critically acclaimed series has won more than a dozen awards, including the 2019 International Book Award for Best Thriller for Strong as Steel. He is also the author of Chasing the Dragon, a detailed account of the War on Drugs written with one of the most celebrated DEA agents of all time. A graduate of Brown University, Land lives in Providence, Rhode Island and received the 2019 Rhode Island Authors Legacy Award for his lifetime of literary achievements. 


And now...ROCCO's fast five with Jon Land!

If you won a million dollars, what's the first thing you would do?

 Wow, that’s actually a tough one. I think I’d just pay off all my debts. What a feeling that would be! I’m not a traveler, I don’t play golf, I just don’t have expensive tastes. It’s a blessing to enjoy the simplest things the most, a blessing when the things you enjoy the most don’t cost a lot.

 

What movie could you watch over and over?

 It’s a tie between JAWS and THE GODFATHER. Every time I’m flipping through channels and I come to one of those I start watching and then I can’t stop. Same thing with the Sean Connery Bond movies. And THE USUAL SUSPECTS which for me is the best screenplay of this generation. Interestingly, I remember as a kid watching AIRPORT starring Burt Lancaster, that takes place during a snow storm, during a snow storm. Now, whenever it snows, I have this urge to watch it again which I did just a few weeks ago after I finally bought the digital version from my cable company. Go figure.

 

Do you have a favorite movie quote and if so, what is it?

 I have a million! But at the very top of that list is from CASABLANCA when Claude Rains playing the cop speaks to the just arriving Nazi soldiers after Bogie shoots the Gestapo said: “Major Strasser has been shot!...Round up the usual suspects.” It’s flat-out perfect.

 

What is your favorite part of the day?

 I don’t have one. Different parts of the day represent different things for me, but I guess I’d go with evenings because there are less emails and no phone calls to distract me from working or anything else. Yup, evenings because that’s I have time all to myself and now, because Trump’s gone, I’m not chained to MSNBC anymore for my nightly therapy. Rachel Maddow should send me a bill for all the therapy she provided for those four impossible years with that lumbering piece of _______ in the White House.

 

If you could talk to any author, living or dead, who would it be and what question would you ask them?

 Well, as you know thanks to my association with the International Thriller Writers, many of my favorite authors are also very close friends, like R.L. Stine, Lee Child, David Morrell, James Rollins, Sandra Brown—too many to name. So I’d go with Stephen King who’s my absolute favorite author because I’ve been reading him for so long and he’s still at the top of this game. I don’t have a specific question I’d ask him—I just want to have a conversation. People always compliment me on the depth and breadth of my imagination. But compared to Stephen King, I’m a first grader.


Thank you Jon!!!!!  Folks if you are in the mood for a thrill ride, pick up a copy of Murder on the Metro today!


Jon will send a copy of MURDER ON THE METRO to one lucky commenter. to enter, leave your name and email address in our comments section.  US entries only, please!  Contest ends Feb. 20th.

 

Monday, February 15, 2021

ROCCO spotlights RELENTLESS!

 

Meow!

Today the spotlight is on Book 10 in Mark Greaney's popular Gray Man series, RELENTLESS!





The Gray Man's search for missing intelligence agents plunges him deep into a maelstrom of trouble in the latest entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.


The first agent disappearance was a puzzle.

The second was a mystery.

The third was a conspiracy.


Intelligence operatives around the world are disappearing. When a missing American agent re-appears in Venezuela, Court Gentry, the Gray Man, is dispatched to bring him in, but a team of assassins has other ideas. Court escapes with his life and a vital piece of intelligence.

Meanwhile, CIA agent Zoya Zakharova is in Berlin. Her mission: to infiltrate a private intelligence firm with some alarming connections. The closer she gets to answers, the less likely she is to get out alive.

Court and Zoya are just two pieces on this international chessboard, and they're about to discover one undeniable truth—sometimes capturing a king requires sacrificing some pawns.


Don't miss the tenth instalment in this riveting series! On sale Today!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 4, 2021

ROCCO's February Cozy Reviews!

 Meow!  It's time for our February cozy reviews!  We'll start with one of our Favorite authors!


EGG SHOOTERS

A Cackleberry Club mystery

Laura Childs

Berkley Prime Crime

Hardcover - 1/26/21

Five stars



Suzanne Dietz, co-owner of the Cackleberry Club Café, is visiting her fiancé, Dr. Sam Hazelet, when a masked gunman bursts into the emergency room. He shoots two people and would probably have done more damage had Suzanne not brained him with a thermos full of chili. Still, the gunman manages to escape.

Now the ladies of the Cackleberry Club are determined to find the killer before he finds them.


Suzanne and the gang are back in another spine-tingling mystery.  This series is becoming one of my can't miss!!!!!  Five paws!!!!!!


Undercover Kitty

Sofie Ryan

Second Chance Cat Mystery

Berkley - MM

January 26, 2021

Five Paws



Sarah Grayson and her capable cat, Elvis, go undercover in the newest installment of the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mysteries.

Sarah and Elvis can always be found at a charming secondhand shop in the village of North Harbor, Maine. Despite the small-town setting, the daring duo often find themselves wrapped up in murder, but luckily they have help--a quirky group of senior citizens runs an amateur detective agency called Charlotte's Angels out of the store.

The Angels are hired to look into who is sabotaging cat shows in the state, and they decide the best way to do that is to send Elvis the cat undercover as a contestant. But then one of the cat show volunteers is murdered just before the latest competition, and Sarah and the Angels have to catch a killer in two shakes of a cat's tail!

LIke its sister sereis, the magical cats, this one just keeps improving with each volume!  the characters are well defined and the plot appropriately twisty!  Five paws!


A PAIRING TO DIE FOR

Kate Lansing

Colorado Wine Mystery

MM - Berkley

January 26, 2021

Four and a half paws



A young winemaker is over a barrel when her new boyfriend is accused of murder in this delightful cozy mystery.

It's fall in Boulder, Colorado, and the leaves aren't the only things changing. Parker Valentine, owner of Vino Valentine, is finally settling in to her winery and her new relationship with Reid Wallace, a local chef. But their delicate pairing is endangered when Reid's estranged family comes into town to celebrate the opening of his new restaurant.

Reid and his family are immediately at loggerheads, given their often acidic temperaments, but Parker still wants to make a good first impression. However, her efforts might be in vain when Reid's sous chef is found dead in the alley behind the restaurant, and Reid is implicated in the murder. In order to save Reid, Parker will have to find the real killer, even if the truth is difficult to swallow.


Wine and a good mystery. Enough said. 


KILLER CONTENT

Olivia Blacke

Berkley Trade Paperback

February 2, 2021

Four stars



It's murder most viral in this debut mystery by Olivia Blacke.

Bayou transplant Odessa Dean has a lot to learn about life in Brooklyn. So far she's scored a rent free apartment in one of the nicest neighborhoods around by cat-sitting, and has a new job working at Untapped Books & Café. Hand-selling books and craft beers is easy for Odessa, but making new friends and learning how to ride the subway? Well, that might take her a little extra time.

But things turn more sour than an IPA when the death of a fellow waitress goes viral, caught on camera in the background of a couple's flash-mob proposal video. Nothing about Bethany's death feels right to Odessa--neither her sudden departure mid-shift nor the clues that only Odessa seems to catch. As an up-and-coming YouTube star, Bethany had more than one viewer waiting for her to fall from grace.

Determined to prove there's a killer on the loose, Odessa takes matters into her own hands. But can she pin down Bethany's killer before they take Odessa offline for good?


DIABOLICAL BONES

 Bronte Sisters Mystery

Bella Ellis

Berkley Trade Paperback 

February 16, 2021

Four Stars



Haworth Parsonage, February 1846: The Brontë sisters— Anne, Emily, and Charlotte—are busy with their literary pursuits. As they query publishers for their poetry, each sister hopes to write a full-length novel that will thrill the reading public. They’re also hoping for a new case for their fledgling detecting enterprise, Bell Brothers and Company solicitors. On a bitterly cold February evening, their housekeeper Tabby tells them of a grim discovery at Scar Top House, an old farmhouse belonging to the Bradshaw family. A set of bones has been found bricked up in a chimney breast inside the ancient home.
 
Tabby says it's bad doings, and dark omens for all of them. The rattled housekeeper gives them a warning, telling the sisters of a chilling rumour attached to the family. The villagers believe that, on the verge of bankruptcy, Clifton Bradshaw sold his soul to the devil in return for great riches. Does this have anything to do with the bones found in the Bradshaw house? The sisters are intrigued by the story and feel compelled to investigate. But Anne, Emily, and Charlotte soon learn that true evil has set a murderous trap and they've been lured right into it...


FURBIDDEN FATALITY

Deborah Blake

MM - Berkley

February 23, 2021

Four and a half stars




a lottery winner uses her good fortune to save a local pet sanctuary, but when a body is discovered on the property, she just might be in the doghouse in this first book in a new, charming cozy mystery series from author Deborah Blake.


Kari Stuart's life is going nowhere—until she unexpectedly wins the lottery. The twenty-nine-year-old instant multimillionaire is still mulling plans for her winnings when rescuing a bossy black kitten leads her to a semi-abandoned animal shelter. They need the cash—Kari needs a purpose.

But the dilapidated rescue is literally going to the dogs with a pending lawsuit, hard to adopt animals, and too much unwanted attention from the town's dog warden. When the warden turns up dead outside the shelter's dog kennels, Kari finds herself up a creek without a pooper-scooper.

With the help of some dedicated volunteers, a cute vet, and a kitten who mysteriously shows up just when she needs it, Kari must prove her innocence all while trying to save a dog on death row. Now she just needs to hope that her string of unexpected luck isn't about to run out


An interesting premise and a good start to a new series!


A SIDE OF MURDER

AMY PERSHING

CAPE COD FOODIE

FEBRUARY 23, 2021

MM-BERKLEY

4 1/2 paws



 Beautiful Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is known for seafood, sand, surf, and, now…murder.

 
Samantha Barnes was always a foodie.  And when the CIA (that’s the Culinary Institute of America) came calling, she happily traded in Cape Cod for the Big Apple.  But then the rising young chef’s clash with another chef (her ex!) boils over and goes viral. So when Sam inherits a house on the Cape and lands a job writing restaurant reviews, it seems like the perfect pairing. What could go wrong? Well, as it turns out, a lot.
 
The dilapidated house comes with an enormous puppy. Her new boss is, well, bossy.  And the town’s harbor master is none other than her first love.  Nonetheless, Sam’s looking forward to reviewing the Bayview Grill—and indeed the seafood chowder is divine. But the body in the pond outside the eatery was not on the menu. Sam is certain this is murder. But as she begins to stir the pot, is she creating a recipe for her own untimely demise?

Another promising new series.  can we dare hope Berkley is reviving their cozies??????  We hope so.
Four ad a half paws

And another debuting this month:

HISS H FOR HOMICIDE
A NICK AND NORA  MYSTERY
T. C. Lotempio
February 9, 2021
Kindle/Trade paperback
Beyond the Page Publishing


Nick and Nora are back in a tantalizing new mystery that’s far more dangerous than a game of cat and mouse . . .

Never one to turn away from a challenge—even when it goes against her better judgment—Nora Charles can hardly say no when an old friend of her mother’s comes to town seeking her help. The author of steamy romances has learned that her writing partner is severing their relationship and threatening to reveal dark and dirty secrets in a tell-all, and she pleads with Nora to intervene. Reluctantly agreeing to help, Nora pays a visit to the writing partner, ready to make her case—right up until the moment she discovers the woman’s lifeless body.

With the police convinced that Nora’s friend is the culprit, she and Nick begin delving into the dead woman’s past and her provocative tell-all. It soon becomes apparent that the woman had a knack for digging up dirt and wasn’t shy about exposing skeletons in closets, and before long Nora has a seemingly endless list of suspects who were at risk of having their darkest secrets revealed. With a police force intent on throwing the book at Nora’s friend and time running out, she and Nick must outwit a dangerous killer before they take their own secrets to the grave . . .


Unfortunately, we cannot review this mystery, but we sincerely hope that our fans will like it!!!!  Meow!



Want to win one of ROCCO's review copies?  Leave your name and e-mail address in our comments sectin below.  Winner will be chosen at random. US entries only please.  Contest ends midnight, February 26.

Friday, January 15, 2021

ROCCO reviews E. J. Copperman's INHERIT THE SHOES

 Meow!  Our good friend EJ Copperman, author of the very popular HAUNTED GUESTHOUSE series, has a new book out!  INHERIT THE SHOES, first in the Jersey Girl Legal Mystery series is a home run!

INHERIT THE SHOES

A Jersey Girl Legal Mystery

E.J. Copperman

Severn House, Hardcover

Release date: 1/5/2021

TEN PAWS



New Jersey prosecutor Sandy Moss is tired of petty criminals, and a new job at a glitzy Los Angeles law firm seems the perfect career move. Putting 3,000 miles between her and her ex-boyfriend is just an added bonus.


But on Sandy's first morning as a family attorney, she inadvertently kills her new career stone dead when she offends her boss during a meeting with the firm's top celebrity client, charismatic TV star Patrick McNabb. But that's not as dead as Patrick's soon-to-be ex-wife, Patsy, is that evening, when she's discovered shot by an arrow, her husband standing over her.

Did Patrick really kill his wife in a dispute over a pair of shoes? All signs point to yes. But Patrick is determined to clear his name, using all the legal skills he's learned from playing a lawyer on TV, and to Sandy's deep dismay, she's the only person he'll allow to help . . .


ROCCO's review!

Our old friend EJ Copperman (Haunted Guesthouse series, Mysterious Detective series, Agent to the Paws series) is back with a new mystery series that just might be the best one yet!

  Sandy Moss is a NJ prosecutor who wants a calmer way of life, so she heads to LA to work in family law. On her first day at work, she impresses the firms top client, a roguish actor who plays a lawyer on a tv show.  When said actor is accused of  murdering his soon to be ex wife, the only attorney he wants is Sandy...whether she wants the job or not.  and when Patrick starts investigating the murder himself in an attempt to clear his name, Sandy has a hard time keeping from strangling him herself. 

INHERIT THE SHOES is what Copperman does best. A compelling mystery with a spritz of humor as only EJ can do it.  Sandy Moss is an appealing heroine and Patrick McNabb is her frustrating, albeit handsome, client.  How Sandy keeps from decking him is the bigger mystery, if you ask me meow!  We can see the romantic sparks simmering between these two, so it will be interesting to see how it develops in future books. If you are a fan of his other series, you will love this one. And if you're not a fan, what the heck are you waiting for??????  Get this book now!!!!!!!!!!  Five paws (we'd give it ten if we could) Darn it, we can! Ten paws!


And now...a brief interview with EJ himself!


Welcome, EJ.  Loving  your new book, Inherit the Shoes. Tell us a little bit about it and where the idea came from.

Thank you! It’s about Sandy Moss, a New Jersey prosecutor who moves to Los Angeles to get away from criminal law and start a career in family law. But she runs into a problem when her first divorce case becomes a murder defense because her client Patrick McNabb, a TV actor who plays a lawyer, is accused of murdering his estranged wife—with a bow and arrow from a John Wayne movie.

Where did the idea come from? It’s a very long story, but mostly from the time Alan Alda was asked to speak at the medical school graduation from a major university because he played a doctor on M*A*S*H.

 

We also loved your Haunted Guesthouse series (all your series, really).  Are there any more planned for the future?

Alas, the publisher has not requested any more books in that series, so no plans right now. I have a habit, though, of writing short stories that include characters from my book series. I don’t have those plans right now, but you never know.

 

If Inherit the Shoes were to be made into a movie, who would you like to see cast in it?

They could cast it with trained pelicans and I’d be okay with it. Producers: If you want to make INHERIT THE SHOES into a movie, a TV show, a series of educational filmstrips… you just let my agent know.

 

Is there a sequel planned?  What can we expect?

There is a sequel being edited as we speak, presumably for 2022 or late 2021 (I never know when the books are really coming out). It’s called JUDGMENT AT SANTA MONICA and that’s all I’m going to tell you.

 

Lastly, how’s your good friend Jeff Cohen doing?  Any new books coming out from him?

Haven’t spoken to him in a while, but I know he’s healthy at least. You know, physically. His mental health is always something of a question. No books coming out under his name that I know about. You have his email address; you should ask him.


Maybe we will! Thanks EJ!


Win ROCCO's review copy!

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Friday, January 8, 2021

ROCCO's January Cozy Reviews!

 Me-ow!  It's a new year, so it's time for my first cozy reviews of 2021!


Starting With:


A WICKED YARN

Emmie Caldwell

Berkley Paperback

Release date  12/29/20

Four and a half stars




A killer may craft the perfect crime, but as every knitter worth her yarn knows--murder wool out.

Mother's Day should be a cinch for the good folks of the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and knitting enthusiast Lia Geiger has a good feeling about this year's yield. But things quickly get knotty when Lia's daughter announces she's quit her job and Lia finds herself tangled up in the murder of her best friend's ex-husband. While Belinda's alibi quickly gets her off the hook, nasty rumors spread throughout Crandalsburg that shroud the entire fair in suspicion.

Could the vendors be responsible for the murder of a man hell-bent on unraveling the fair just days before his death? Lia and her crafty group of Ninth Street Knitters must put down their needles to gather clues and save the crafting community they've grown to love.

A good first entry in what looks to be a promising series.  Also with the requisite cat LOL.


TO FETCH A FELON

Jennifer Hawkins

Berkley/Paperback 

12/29/20

four and a half stars



Emma Reed and her beloved Corgi move from London to Cornwall with the dream of opening a tea shop—but first they’ll have to collar a criminal in the first book in a charming new series.
 
Emma leaves London and her life in high finance behind her and moves to an idyllic village in Cornwall, with its cobblestone streets and twisting byways. She plans to open a village tea shop and bake the recipes handed down to her from her beloved grandmother, and of course there’ll be plenty of space for her talking corgi, Oliver, to explore. Yes...talking. Emma has always been able to understand Oliver, even though no one else can.

As soon as Emma arrives in the village she discovers that the curmudgeonly owner of the building she wants to rent for her shop hates dogs and gets off on the wrong foot with Oliver. Although some might turn tail and run, Emma is determined to win her over. But when she delivers some of her homemade scones as a peace offering, she finds the woman dead. Together, Emma and Oliver will need to unleash their detective skills to catch a killer.

another good entry in a new series.  On a separate note, we see that Berkley likes talking animals now, meow!!!!!!



The Broken Spine

Dorothy St. James

Berkley/Hardcover

1/19/21

Four 1/2 stars

When small-town assistant librarian Tru Beckett sets up a secret book room in her newly modernized library, she discovers that protecting the printed word is harder than she’d ever imagined. In fact, it’s murder.

Trudell Becket, known to her friends as Tru, finds herself in a bind when her library in lovely Cypress, South Carolina, is turned into a state-of-the-art bookless “technological center.” A library with no books breaks Tru’s book-loving heart so she decides to rescue hundreds of beloved tomes slated for the town dump. Under the cover of darkness, Tru, along with her best friends—coffee shop owner Tori Green and mysterious bestselling author Flossie Finnegan-Baker—set up a secret bookroom in the library’s basement and prepare to open it to their most loyal, trustworthy patrons.

But as Tru and her crew are putting the finishing touches on their new book room, the town manager, who was behind the big push for the library’s transformation, is crushed by an overturned shelf of DVDs. Tru becomes the prime suspect as she hadn’t hid the fact that she hated having all of those wonderful books replaced by tablets and computers. But if she gives the police her alibi, she’ll have to explain about the secret book room and risk losing the books.

Tru knows she’s in a heap of trouble, and it doesn’t help that the officer in charge of the case is her old crush from high school, who broke her teenaged heart. To keep herself out of jail and her beloved bookroom up and running, Tru—with the help of Tori, Flossie, and a brown tabby stray cat named Dewey Decimal—decides to investigate. And faster than you can say “Shhhh!” Tru quickly finds herself on the same page with a killer who would love to write her final chapter. . . .


I found this to be an interesting concept for a series. Sort of reminded me of a secret society!  four 1/2 paws!


CRIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINARA

Stephanie Cole

Tuscan Cooking School msytery

Berkley/Paperback

1/26/21

4 1/2 paws


American chef Nell Valenti's high hopes for a successful Tuscan farm-to-table cooking school are in danger of withering on the vine in this delectable cozy mystery.

Nell Valenti is settling into her role of transforming the Villa Orlandini into a superb farm-to-table cooking school, and the time has finally come for a full taste test run. But when Chef Orlandini prepares to reveal his top secret marinara recipe for the first time to a group of American gastro-tourists, Nell realizes she might have bitten off more than she can chew.

Nell begins to suspect that one of the tourists is actually a private detective sent to spy on her by her overprotective father, and the fussy foodies are noisy and disrespectful from the very start of the Marinara Mysteriosa workshop. Even worse, when one visitor appears to be poisoned by the famous marinara recipe, Nell will have to work fast to uncover a killer and keep a lid on bad press before her fresh start is spoiled for good.

We enjoyed the first one in this series and the second one is a good encore!!!!!!!!!


Last but not least......

MRS. JEFFRIES DEMANDS JUSTICE

Emily Brightwell

Trade Paperback/BERkley


/Mrs. Jeffries always keeps her friends close and now must keep an enemy even closer if she is going to catch a killer. . . .


Inspector Nigel Nivens is not a nice man or a good investigator. In fact, he’s terrible at his job and has always done everything he can to make life difficult for Inspector Witherspoon. But even his powerful family can’t help him after he maliciously tried to hobble Witherspoon’s last homicide investigation. He’s been sent to a particularly difficult precinct in the East End of London as penance.

When a paid informant is found shot in an alley, Nivens thinks that if he can crack the case, he’ll redeem himself and have a much-needed chance at impressing his superiors. But there’s one big problem with his plan—Niven’s distinct antique pistol is found at the scene of the crime and even more evidence is uncovered that links the Inspector to the murder.

Despite their mutual dislike for Nivens, Mrs. Jeffries and Inspector Witherspoon know the man isn’t a cold-blooded killer. Now they’ll just have to prove it. . . .

Thirty nine books strong!